Parliamentary Network Africa’s Country Manager for the Gambia and Sierra Leone, Mr. Gilbert Borketey Boyefio, has called on the youth to emulate the exemplary life of the late Vice President of the Gambia, Dr. Badara Aliu Joof, whose untimely demise has shocked the entire nation and brought deep sorrows to close friends and relatives.

Mr. Boyefio who also doubles as the Coordinator for the African Parliamentary Press Network (APPN), [a network of Parliamentary journalists and Communication Officers], made the call in a reaction to an emotionally touching eulogy delivered by the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Gambia, Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, in a tribute to the memory of the Late Vice President on Monday, January 23, 2023 in Banjul.

The Speaker in his tribute, indicated that, “Badara Aliu Joof was one of those public servants who proved that service to one’s country is all about the people and wanted young people to be as passionate about it as he was all his life. He was forever optimistic,” he observed.

According to Mr. Gilbert Boyefio, the new Country Manager of the Parliamentary Monitoring Civil Society Organization (PNAfrica), even though he never got to meet the Vice President in person, the depth of the tribute which was delivered by the Hon. Speaker, attest to the fact that the nation has indeed lost a great asset.

“As the Hon. Speaker indicated, he would be remembered for confidently living the virtues of honesty, decency, humility, and steadfastness as well as a strong sense of patriotism. These are invaluable traits which are worth emulating by the youth in building a better country,” he stressed.

The Parliamentary Network Africa (PNAfrica), is a Parliamentary Monitoring Organization headquartered in Accra, Ghana with footprints across Africa. It is a convener and connector of civil society parliamentary monitoring organizations and journalists towards promoting Open Parliaments across Africa.

PNAfrica also plays host as a secretariat to the African Parliamentary Press Network (APPN) and the African Parliamentary Monitoring Organizations (APMON).


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